Friday, October 12, 2012


Iconify might be useful to GLAM institutions when they have displays or exhibits. The Scout Report has this to say:
Creative types will love Iconify. The basic premise of this web-based application is that it allows creative professionals to turn their work, drawings, photographs, and sketches into both a streamlined website and a downloadable app. Visitors can upload their images and graphics and tinker with them to get things just as they want them. After that, they can share their portfolios via a wide range of social networking sites. This version is compatible with all operating systems.
Currently it is in beta and open only by invitation. No mention of metadata, so it won't replace your current repository but it just might be a nice supplement for special events.

Monograph Demand-Driven Acquisitions

An announcement from NISO.
NISO will hold its next open teleconference in our monthly series this coming Monday, October 15th at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

The topic for the September call will be the new work toward a Recommended Practice for Monograph Demand-Driven Acquisitions. More information on this Working Group can be found at

Launched just last month, this work group will develop a flexible model for DDA that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. This model will allow libraries to develop DDA plans that meet differing local collecting and budgetary needs while also allowing consortial participation and cross-aggregator implementation....

The call is free and anyone is welcome to participate. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743#. All calls are held from 3-4 p.m. Eastern time.

The Open Teleconferences are an quick way to get an update on the status of a NISO initiative. The calls are informal and questions and discussion is welcome. Following the featured discussion, there is also an opportunity for the NISO community to bring up any issue or topic of interest. This is an excellent time for you to raise any concerns, project ideas, or suggestions of focus for NISO in the coming year.

If you are unable to join us, this call will be recorded and made freely available on the NISO website following the event—as are all of the Open Teleconferences. For more information or to listen to the previous call discussions, please visit:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Global Subject Codes Standard: Thema

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has started to look at a standard for subject codes, Thema.
Book industry representatives from 15 countries announced today the formation of a new, global standard to categorize and classify book content by subject. The project, initially known as Thema, was first announced during the Tools of Change Supply Chain Conference taking place during the Frankfurt International Book Fair....

The new standard is meant, initially, to work alongside existing standards such as BIC, BISAC, CLIL, etc. The long range goal is to move all markets to the global standard, helping to eliminate confusion among both upstream and downstream trading partners. BISG, working through the auspices of its Subjects Code Committee, will have responsibility for the application of the standard in the US.
Gary Price at InfoDocket alerted me to this. Thanks Gary.